When are you open?             

Our gates open:

Friday, September 2nd - 11am to 11pm

Saturday, September 3th - 11am to 11pm                                              

Sunday, September 4th - 11am to 11pm                                                                   

Monday, September 5th - 11am to 8pm

Payment card refund 

The deadline to apply for a refund was September 19 as shown on the back of the card. 


Sorry to hear you can't make it to the festival but refunds are not issued. We follow the same policy as sports games and shows.

Alcohol Responsibility

Canada's Largest Ribfest is one of the most anticipated events of the summer. Every year, people from throughout southern Ontario and beyond flock to the shores of Spencer Smith Park in Burlington for four days of fun and great tasting ribs.

Canada's Largest Ribfest is a licensed event and alcohol can be purchased during the festival. Ribfest is also a family event, and we encourage everyone to enjoy themselves, be responsible with your alcohol consumption, and don't drink and drive. 

What is the cost of admission?


Do vendors accept Visa/Mastercard or Debit?

No, however there are ATM machines onsite.

Do the beer tents accept Visa/Mastercard or Debit?

We have a brand new payment system that we are introducing in 2016. Click here for more details!

Who supplies the ribs?

Onsite, Sysco 

Do you serve beef ribs?

Yes, some rib teams have beef as well.

What other kinds of foods are available in addition to ribs?

Chicken, hot dogs, sausages, pizza, corn, baked potatoes, French fries, fried onions, donuts, funnel cakes, elephant ears, pop corn, ice cream, candies and more...

Are there vegetarian foods available?


What is the price of ribs this year?

$23 full rack, less for smaller portions. All food vendors set their own prices. All prices are tax included.

Are there any gluten free options?

The following ribbers have gluten free sauce: Texas Rangers, Dinosaur BBQ, Pistol Pete's Smokehouse, Blazin' BBQ, Horn Dawgs, Crabby's BBQ Shack, Big Boned BBQ, Hawgs Gone Wild, Gator BBQ, Bibbs Bar-B-Q, Camp 31, Jack on the Bone, Uncle Sams BBQ and Silver Bullet BBQ.

Can I bring my dog or other pets?

No. There is a City regulation prohibiting pets in the event area during special events due to the large crowds.

Is there boat docking available?

Not ideal. Very limited areas, no docks.

Where can I park?

Click here to view parking information.

Where is Accessible parking or drop-off?

Click here to view assistance information.

Can I bring my bicycle into the park?

A secure Bicycle storage area is provided.

Are children allowed in?

Yes, at all times. Family Rides at Ribfest are brought by Maple Lodge Farms. 

Ride coupons can be purchased at the Family Zone Ticket Box right next to the Pier.  It is one coupon per ride and costs $3.  Booklets can also be purchased.

Where do I park for the shuttle bus?

North Side of the Burlington GO station.

What is the schedule for the shuttle bus?

Click here to view the schedule.

What bands are playing/when?

Click here to view the band listings.

Nearby camping?

Bronte Creek Provincial Park